Western Bluffs, Beaches, and Waves of Whidbey Island
PaulBen McElwain came to Seattle in the mid-sixties for studies at the University of Washington in Physical Oceanography, Geology (geomorphic hydrology), and Geography (computer cartography). Having grown up in the outdoors of the Southeast, he found his true home here in the Pacific Northeast (that’s right, come see why). A resident of Whidbey Island since the mid-eighties, PaulBen has spent a good amount of time on the local beaches, puzzling out their shapes, processes, and changes. A member of Sound Water Stewards since 2017, PaulBen delights in sharing his curiosity, insights, and enthusiasm for the bluffs and beaches of Whidbey Island.
Nothing is constant but change! Come explore Libbey Beach Park just north of Partridge Point on Western Whidbey Island. Study how tectonic, glacial, and shoreline processes shape our western Whidbey Island nearshore bluffs and beaches. See firsthand how our famous “feeder bluffs” erode and play a vital role in the life of the sea. PaulBen’s magical interpretation of nature promises a unique encounter with tide pools, glacial erratics, and the beach in winter.
Meet up: We will meet at the Libbey Beach Park parking lot at the west end of W. Libbey Rd, which meets HWY 20 about 5 miles North of Coupeville. Directions: Turn off Highway 20 West on Libbey Road and follow Libbey Road 1 mile to the road end.
Address: 2750 Libbey Rd., Coupeville, WA.